Here are the stories that made the news Monday:
Parliament’s Appointments Committee is ready to vet Special Prosecutor nominee Martin Amidu despite a suit challenging his nomination, the Minority Chief Whip has said. Muntaka Mubarak said unless the Speaker of Parliament Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye directs the Committee to stay the exercise, the public hearing scheduled for Tuesday will come on as planned. “So far as we are concerned the vetting is coming on,” the member of Parliament’s Appointments Committee told Evans Mensah on Joy FM’s Top Story Monday.
Former Deputy Attorney General has filed a suit at the Supreme Court that could potentially scuttle the Parliamentary vetting and subsequent approval of the Special Prosecutor nominee Martin Amidu. Dr Dominic Ayine claims Martin Amidu, 66, is beyond the statutory age of employment into public service and is seeking order of the court to have his nomination annulled. In the event Parliament proceeds with the vetting and approves same, Ayine wants the court to go ahead and annul the approval of Martin Amidu. In a statement of case, Ayine is praying the court to declare that "by true and proper interpretation of Articles 190(1) (d) and 199 (4) of the 1992 Constitution, no person above the age of 65 years is eligible for employment in any public office created under Article 190(1) (d)."
Chairman of the Church of Pentecost Apostle Prof. Opoku Oyinah has condemned a growing tendency of some 'prophets' who go public with their doom prophecies. He said it is needless and wrong to stand in public to relay what one believes to be a message from God which could spell grave danger to the object of the message. His comments follow a plethora of claims by 'prophets' who said they predicted the death of the rising 20-year old music star Ebony Reigns, born Priscilla Opoku Kwarteng.
The Corporate Affairs Manager of the Ghana Integrity Initiative has welcomed the president’s initiative for a performance review of his appointees. Michael Boadi would, however, want the process to be made public for the citizens to make an input into the review process. Commenting on the review process which began Monday with four of the ministerial appointees, the GII Corporate Affairs Manager said for a system of government which believes in accountability, no better person can hold the appointees accountable than the president.
Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has reiterated government’s desire to eradicate malaria and other mosquito-transmitted diseases. Government will, therefore, renew discussions with the Cuba government for the establishment of a Biolarvicide factory at Savelugu in the Northern Region. This is for the control of pests and mosquito-transmitted diseases to serve the country and the West African subregion. Dr Bawumia made the pledge when he met a high powered Cuban delegation, led Mercedes Lopez Acea, Vice President of the Council of State of Cuba and Ana Teresita Gonzalez, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of Cuba at the Flagstaff House, Monday.
President Akufo-Addo has named international economic and financial lawyer, Elsie Awadzi as the Second Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana. The announcement of Mrs Awadzi’s appointment was made on the president's Facebook post on Monday, after thorough consultations with the Council of State. Mrs Awadzi has more than 21 years of experience in financial regulation, public finance law, legal and regulatory reforms, and transactions advisory services. The Second Deputy Governor of the Central Bank position became vacant following the unexpected resignation of Dr Johnson Asiama early January.
The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) says it will do what is right under its mandate in setting a new utility tariff. PURC Executive Secretary, Mami Ofori Dufie has said the review could either be upward or downward at the end of the Commission's meeting with utility companies. “A reduction is possible, although I am not saying that is what will happen, as there are so many factors to tariff determination,” she told Emefa Apawu on Newsnight on Joy FM.